Page 12 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • November 18, 2009 The Hermitage Museum, a historical home and education center in Ho-Ho-Kus, invites the public to view the 19th century house festooned for the season by the HoHo-Kus Garden Club. This year’s theme is “Notes from the Past,” which focuses on music of past eras and celebrates the lost art of the handwritten personal note. The Garden Club’s handiwork will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 21 through Jan. 17, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Our members started coming up with ideas over the summer,” said Lynda Byer, president of the Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club. “We chose hydrangeas for the interior displays, which evoke that Victorian feel because their flowers have a lacy look. The flowers’ soft hues also work well with the Victorian theme.” Byer explained that the blooms were cut at the height of their beauty and carefully preserved for this use. The Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club’s members volunteer to decorate the Victorian house museum, creating a festive wonderland enjoyed by area residents throughout the holidays. “We pay particular attention to the historical context of the house and design the room displays in keeping with the time period,” noted Byer. To complete the holi- ‘Notes from the Past’ on display at Hermitage day show at this National Historic Landmark, the club adds traditional greens to the exterior of the red sandstone Gothic Revival house. “This year’s theme really evokes the gentility of the past,” added Hermitage Executive Director Richard Sgritta. “Beyond the beautiful floral displays, ‘Notes from the Past’ will have old sheet music and music theme decorations, and antique postcards and artifacts that recall when people took the time to write personal notes.” dates to the 1847 remodeling and enlargement designed by the architect William H. Ranlett. Today, the home’s furnishings reflect the late Victorian lifestyle of the Rosencrantz family, who owned and lived in the home from 1807 to 1970. The notable museum collection includes the family’s clothing, personal items, and papers. The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc., a non-profit membership organization, man- ages The Hermitage, a New Jersey State Park. The Friends group offers tours of the house, exhibits based on the collections, and diverse educational programming. For information about The Hermitage, contact Friends of the Hermitage by mail at 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-HoKus, NJ 07423; by phone at (201) 445-8311 during business hours; or visit The Hermitage Museum, located at 335 North Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus, hosts educational and cultural exhibits and events throughout the year. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children age six and under. For more information about The Hermitage, contact Richard Sgritta at (201) 445-8311 or visit The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the nation’s outstanding examples of domestic Gothic Revival architecture. The house incorporates a stone structure that was visited during the Revolutionary War by George Washington and was the site where Aaron Burr met and married Theodora Prevost. The house’s architectural appearance Hospital enacts restrictions To protect the health of patients, staff, and the community during flu season, The Valley Hospital has enacted temporary restrictions on visitors to the hospital. These restrictions, which follow, took effect Nov. 11. No one under the age of 18 who is not a patient will be allowed to visit any Valley Hospital location where patient care is provided. This includes the Luckow Pavilion and Kraft Center in Paramus, and the hospital’s main campus in Ridgewood. These restrictions will remain in place through the duration of the flu season. In addition, anyone who is ill with symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea should refrain from visiting. “As we continue to see an increase in patients with the flu being seen in the emergency department, we thought it prudent to reduce the spread of infection to our patients, staff and the public by restricting visitor access to both inpatient and outpatient areas of the hospital,” said Mitchell Rubinstein, M.D., vice president of medical affairs. “We understand that these temporary changes to our visitation policy may be difficult for some families, and ask your understanding that it is truly in the best interest of everyone’s health to limit exposure.” To reduce the spread of flu, Valley reminds the public to follow the same measures that are effective in reducing the risk of spreading any infectious disease: • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. • Cover coughs and sneezes. Dispose of used tissues properly. • Stay home if you are sick. To help answer your questions about H1N1 flu, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has established a toll-free, 24-hour H1N1 influenza line. The number is 1-866-321-9571. For inquiries about the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, call the Bergen County Health Department’s Health Topics Information Line at (201) 225-7000. 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